Housing Associations are independent, normally not-for-profit organisations which provide affordable homes for people in need of housing. They're regulated by Homes England, a government agency.
Their rents are set in line with government guidance and they usually offer an ‘assured tenancy’ which provides considerable protection for the tenant, similar to secure tenancies offered to Council tenants.
Housing Associations provide a wide range of housing including family housing, flats and houses for single people, couples or sharers and housing designed for older people.
Apply for Housing Association properties
There are two ways to apply:
- register with the Council’s Housing Register and bid for Housing Association properties through the Property Shop in the same way as you do for Council properties. Property adverts state who the landlord is and explain who is eligible to apply
- apply directly to a Housing Association. Some have their own applications process and let some of their properties outside of the Property Shop process. Some Associations also now advertise their homes via Right Move.